120: Digital Monitoring Behaviours from a Social Learning Perspective

Joris Van Ouytsel, Koen Ponnet and Michel Walrave (Nov 2017)

A summary of the results of a study investigating the extent to which perceived social norms about cyber dating abuse, witnessing controlling behaviour among parents, and the endorsement of gender stereotypes are linked with adolescents’ engagement in digital controlling behaviours. The study sample consisted of 1187 students (61.3% girls, n = 728) from 7 secondary schools in Flanders, Belgium. The study reports on a subsample of 466 students (71.0% girls) who were in “a romantic relationship with someone or had a romantic partner” at the time that the study was conducted.

119: Adolescents’ Perceptions of the Applications Used, Motives For, and Consequences of Sexting

Joris Van Ouytsel, Ellen Van Gool, Michel Walrave, Koen Ponnet and Emilie Peeters (Nov 2017)

A summary of the results of a study examining high school students’ perceptions of sexting behaviour. 57 adolescents (66.67% females) participated in 11 focus groups examining the role of digital media within romantic relationships. The focus group interviews were conducted between March and May 2015. Each focus group included 3-8 participants between 15 and 18 years old.

115: Net Aware Report 2017: “Freedom to Express Myself Safely”

NSPCC (Sept 2017) 

A summary of the results of a large scale study examining the opportunities and risks experienced by young people in their online lives. The sample consisted of 1,696 11–18 year olds who were engaged through schools across the UK and Childline’s engagement platforms (e.g., Facebook). Young people were asked to complete a survey about their online behaviour and knowledge around online safety, as well as to conduct detailed reviews of specific platforms. Data collection ran from December 2016 to February 2017. The NSPCC and O2 also consulted with 674 parents and carers through the research firm, YouGov.

114: The Impact of Online Pornography on Children and Young People

Dr Elena Martellozzo and Dr Miranda A.H. Horvath, Middlesex University (June 2017) 

A summary of the results of a large scale, multimethod research project examining the experiences and perceptions of online pornography of young people aged 11-16 in the UK.  The first phase of the project involved an online discussion forum and 4 online focus groups segregated by age with 34 young people to inform the design of the survey. The second phase consisted of an online survey with 1001 young people. In the final stage, 6 online focus groups segregated by age and gender were conducted with 40 young people to provide more in-depth information about elements of the online survey findings. The sample was representative of the four nations of the UK. The project was commissioned by the NSPCC and the Children’s Commissioner (OCC).

113: CHILDWISE Monitor Report 2017

Childwise (Jan 2017) 

An overview of the results of the CHILDWISE Monitor Report 2017. This large scale, quantitative study consulted a sample of nearly 2000 children and young people aged 5–16 in 69 schools across the UK.  Children aged 5 and 6 were subject to face to face interview, and children aged 7–16 were surveyed online. Data were collected during September and October 2016.

108: Safer Internet Day 2017: Power of Image - A Report into the Role and Influence of Images and Videos in Young People’s Digital Lives

UK Safer Internet Centre (Feb 2017)

A summary of the results of an online survey of representative group of 1,500 young people aged 8-17 exploring the role of images and videos in their digital lives, and related influences on self-esteem, behaviour and emotions. The research was conducted by ResearchBods between 1-8 December 2016. Participants were part of the SurveyBods Consumer Access panel, which has a specialist youth section enabling young people under the age of 16 to directly complete surveys.

107: Ofcom Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes - Focus on Critical Understanding, Attitudes & Parental Controls

Ofcom (Nov 2016) 

A summary of the results of the Ofcom Children’s Media Literacy Tracker, a large-scale quantitative survey based on in-home interviews with children aged 5-15 and their parents/carers, and with parents/carers of children aged 3-4. A sample of 2,059 parents and children were interviewed between April and June 2016. This Research highlights presents results related to children’s critical understanding, attitudes and parental mediation.

106: Ofcom Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes, Focus on Take Up and Use

Ofcom (Nov 2016) 

A summary of the results of the Ofcom Children’s Media Literacy Tracker, a large-scale quantitative survey based on in-home interviews with children aged 5-15 and their parents/carers, and with parents/carers of children aged 3-4. A sample of 2,059 parents and children were interviewed between April and June 2016. This Research highlights presents results related to children’s media take up and use.

104: Global Kids Online: Research Synthesis 2015-2016

Global Kids Online (Nov 2016)

This report presents the results of qualitative and quantitative research which sampled internet-using children aged 9-17 in the Philippines, Serbia and South Africa, and internet-using children aged 13-17 in Argentina. Surveys were conducted with both parents and children in the same household. The child sample sizes from the quantitative data collection were: Argentina (N=1,106), Serbia (N=197), South Africa (N=913) and the Philippines (N=121). Three out of four countries (Philippines, Serbia and South Africa) also conducted interviews with parents.

100: ISEC Project Illegal Use of the Internet Project: Cyber-typologies and Victimisation

Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies (CATS), Middlesex University (Nov 2016) 

A summary of the results of a retrospective online questionnaire study conducted by the ISEC Project to examine the vulnerability characteristics, online behaviours and experiences of sexual solicitation of young people. The sample consisted of 1166 young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 from three countries (United Kingdom, N = 340; Ireland, N = 529; Italy, N = 297) who answered questions about their offline lives, online behaviours and experiences when aged 12-16. The majority of the sample (70%) were in education at the time of responding, and 71.1% of respondents were female.